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News code: 24012
Published Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017 - 14:11:07

Three dead as Nigerian police shoot at Shiite procession

Three dead as Nigerian police shoot at Shiite procession
IRAN  - At least three people were killed when police opened fire on supporters of a pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim group during an annual religious procession in northern Nigeria, locals said on Monday.

As reported by Agence France-Presse (AFP), Awwalu Ismail, a trader in the Dengi roundabout area of Kano, said the shooting happened on Sunday, as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) marked Ashura.

Ashura commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

IMN members from across the mainly Sunni Muslim north typically converge on Kano to walk to Zaria in neighboring Kaduna state, where their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky has his headquarters.

"When the procession by the IMN adherents moved towards Zaria Road, the police began firing tear gas followed by live bullets," Ismail told AFP.

"Many people were hit and at least three people were believed to have been killed."

Kano police has denied using live bullets and killing any protesters.

IMN leader Zakzaky has been standing in the face of Nigeria's secular authorities over the years.

He has been in custody since troops clashed with his followers in Zaria in December 2015. Troops allegedly killed more than 300 IMN supporters and buried them in mass graves to hide their crimes, rights groups say.

IMN spokesman Yosuf Abdullahi also said three people, "a brother and two sisters", were killed in Sunday's procession, "by those constitutionally mandated to protect them", calling it an "unprovoked attack."

Tags:: Nigeria - Shia
News Code: 24012
Published Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017 - 14:11:07
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